Charity drive skates into Vancouver

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Stefania Seccia
February 19, 2015

Vancouver

“Youth who want to learn how to skate but don’t have the means to get on the ice is what sparked a national campaign to pair gently loved skates with at-risk and disabled children.

Although it’s recognized as the national pastime, hockey and skating can be prohibitively expensive – especially for parents who can’t afford to register or pay for equipment that has an average cost of $740. That cost can be even higher for goalies, according to Evan Kosiner, Skate to Great founder.

The charity’s national campaign has had stops so far in Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax and the Vancouver event will see donations of skates and hockey equipment being accepted from Feb. 23 to March 2.

“I couldn’t imagine a kid not being able to go skating due to financial circumstances or got a disability,” he said.

Kosiner had the idea for the charity through a conversation he had with an Olympian during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

After doing some research, he found that while there were grassroots campaigns done by communities and schools, they often didn’t have the resources in place to reach all the children in need.

In March 2012, Skate to Great was formed with the mission to get a pair of skates on every kid’s feet.

“It’s a lot more expensive than baseball and soccer,” he said. “If you’re saying Canada’s sport is hockey, it has to be as accessible as possible and not just for an elite group of people.”

Donors have a chance to win prizes by tweeting a photo of the donation with #DonateSkates at FedExCanada.

For more information, visit skatetogreat.org. “